Life at the Top Book
What are New York Cityâ€™s best apartment buildings? Before 1900, it was the Dakota and the Osborne; soon after came McKim, Mead & Whiteâ€™s 998 Fifth and the ultra-soignÃ© 820 Fifth Avenue. The roaring twenties produced true luxury: 740 Park Avenue, the art decoâ€“inspired River House, and Rosario Candelaâ€™s extraordinary 778 and 720 Park Avenue. Today, the cityâ€™s skyline sparkles with palatial new buildings, such as Robert A. M. Sternâ€™s 15 Central Park West, Richard Meierâ€™s glass-walled Perry Street towers, and 432 Park Avenue, New Yorkâ€™s tallest residential building.
Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker, real estate and architectural insiders, chronicle the fortunes and features of 15 outstanding apartment houses with a wealth of vintage and new photography and architectural plans, and show off select apartments as they look today, designed by top interior designers.